Mantenna - Thursday, October 21
Bob Guccione travels to the big Penthouse in the sky, Glee's Quinn Fabray speaks out on the GQ photo controversy, and Mel Gibson gets cut from The Hangover 2. If you can't beat 'em, tranquilize 'em...the Mantenna is wanted dead or alive!
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Bob Guccione Travels to the Big Penthouse in the Sky
Bob Guccione, the founder and publisher of pornographic magazine Penthouse, has died. He was 79. The Brooklyn-born Guccione founded the naughty magazine in Britain in 1965. Four years later he brought it to the United States. He was a trailblazer in the pornography industry and was the first publisher to show female pubic hair and full frontal nudity. In the early days of the magazine Guccione would photograph most of the centerfolds himself. The magazine was long considered a smuttier alternative to Playboy and the two magazines were fierce competitors. The magazine really took off in the 1970s and by 1982 Guccione had amassed a $400 million fortune. He lost the majority of that fortune through a series of bad investments and a failure to branch out into video, which became very popular in the 1980s. By 2003 the magazine had declared bankruptcy and he resigned as CEO of the company. [Google]
Glee Star Speaks Out Against Photo Shoot Backlash
One of the actresses at the center of a controversial, racy photo spread has broken her silence. Dianna Agron, who plays cheerleader Quinn Fabray on the hit Fox show, has apologized for the “Glee Gone Wild” spread which appears in this month's issue of GQ magazine. Yesterday the Parents Television Council slammed the pictorial, calling it a "near-pornographic display.” Agron released a statement on Tumblr saying, “In perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kinds of emotions, I am sorry. If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention.” The actress goes on to say that the photo spread was never intended for young people and implores parents to take responsibility for what their children are exposed to. She writes, “If your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there? I understand that in today's world of advanced technology, the internet, our kids can be subject to very adult material at the click of a button. But there are parental locks, and ways to get around this.” Well said. [FDTRH]
Mel Gibson Gets Cut From The Hangover 2
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Mel Gibson has apparently been axed from his cameo role in The Hangover 2. Reports were flooding in this week that claimed that it was the cast that didn’t want Gibson in the highly-anticipated sequel. Director Todd Phillips recently stated: "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew." Hot damn. Nobody likes this guy. [/Film]
If you Can't Beat 'Em, Tranquilize 'Em
A Peruvian soccer team decided to help out their competitors by giving them a special energy drink prior to the match. Sadly, it did not give them wings, but rather, provided a small heart defect. According to reports, one star collapsed seconds after the game was restarted after a teammate had been rushed away by and ambulance amid fears he had an undetected heart condition. Hospital tests later revealed the players had traces of a sleep-inducing tranquillizer in their blood." Looks like the Buffalo Bills' new offensive "scheme" has been prematurely exposed. [The Sun]
MLS Soccer, More Popular than You (or Our Sports Department) Think
Think the MLS is soccer's answer to WNBA viewership? Think again. According to The Wall Street Journal, "Thirteen of the 16 MLS teams are based in the same area as NBA teams and five of them are outdrawing what their basketball counterparts did in 2009-10, including the Houston Dynamo (16,832) besting the Houston Rockets (16,528) and the New York Red Bulls (18,625) drawing 42% more fans than the New Jersey Nets (13,103)." Either this is a really bad clerical error or the NBA is less popular than the 29th most popular soccer league in the world. [WSJ]
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